The very name ‘eyebright’ relates to brighter and better vision and eyes but in reality, it does so much more. It’s used mostly by the herbalists for the treatment of various eye infections hence the term. Before the evolution of modern medicine, practitioners and their patients rely only on natural resources blessed by mother Earth. Ancestors put every plant to good use which further leads the way to the modern medicine of today. Same goes for ‘eyebright’, a herb long been associated to healing and the same can be said for today.
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Eyebright – From the 1300s
Also referred to as ‘euphrasia’ at times, ‘eyebright’ is a rare plant found often in certain parts of the U.K and across Europe where snowfall is common, especially in the Alps. The tiny plant can grow between two and eight inches, has a green stem and flowers on top bearing the shade of purple, violet or a combination of blue-white. Some of the flowers also have yellow pigmentation underneath the petals which attracts the pollinating insects.
Although used by herbalists for centuries, the herb was first mentioned in 1305 by Nicholas Culpeper who claimed that it has the potential to ‘straighten the brain function’. During the 1300s, most common use of eyebright was to treat vertigo and poor memory. And while evidence supporting the herb’s use to treat the brain and memory is rare, the medicine became much more sophisticated in Elizabeth’s rule.
Eyebright then was more used for effectively treating illnesses like eye infection, sinuses, coughs, hay fever, sore throats and various other allergies. In fact, drinking eyebright’s fluid every morning was highly recommended for several health benefits whereas the herb can be found in different forms of tea and ales, referred to as ‘eyebright ale’.
For the Eyesight
Eyebright has long been used for effective and efficient treatment of various eye associated anomalies including redness, inflammation, itchiness and even bacterial infection. All you need is to bathe the effected eye in a solution of water and the herb or simply the plant’s own fluid by rubbing it gently around the eye. Petals or flowers of the eyebright are soaked in boiled water and once it cools, the patient would use the solution as directed by the doctor or simply rinse the affected eye.
It significantly helps in relieving people of exterior eye discomfort whereas some also claims that its application also restore white of the eye. Though bathing in eyebright isn’t common nowadays, the herbal extracts are commonly found in different or exclusive eyebright eye drops, offering same extent of relief.
Eyebright can be ingested as well which is the reason it can also effectively treat internal eye conditions like blood vessel inflammation and conjunctivitis. The herb also helps improving blood circulation in the eye while being an antioxidant that helps the eye in absorbing more vitamin A and C. It’s possible that patients who’re being recommended YAG laser treatment are prescribed by eyebright solution for more effective results.
It’s however recommended to always consult the doctor before taking any preventive measure or treatment essential even if it’s herbal.